Lawachhara National Park (Bengali: লাউয়াছড়া) is a major national park and nature reserve in Bangladesh. The park is located at Kamalganj Upazila, Moulvibazar District in the northeastern region of the country. It is located within the 2,740 ha (27.4 km2) West Bhanugach Reserved Forest. Lawachhara was one of the filming sites of the 1956 movie Around the World in 80 Days.
Lawachhara National Park covers approximately 1,250 ha (12.5 km2) of semi-evergreen forests of the Tropical and subtropical coniferous forests Biome and mixed deciduous forests of the Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests Biome. The land was declared a national park by the Bangladesh government on July 7, 1996 under the Wildlife Act of 1974.
The terrain of Lawachhara is undulating with scattered 10 to 50 m (33 to 164 ft.) hillocks. Locally known as tila, the hillocks are primarily composed of Upper Tertiary soft sandstone. The park is crossed by numerous sandy-bedded streams (locally known as nallah), one of which is the Lawachhara tributary, from which the park derived its name. The soil of Lawachhara is alluvial brown sandy clay loam to clay loam dating from the Pliocene epoch. Shallow depressions filled with water (Haor wetlands) are also a feature of the region as the low-lying areas are often subject to flooding.
The climate of Lawachhara is generally pleasant to warm, averaging at 26.8 °C (80.2 °F) in February to 36.1 °C (97.0 °F) in June. The humidity is high throughout the year, and Lawachhara experiences frequent rains with occasional cyclonic storms.
The Park is situated at Kamalganj Upazila, Moulvibazar District in the northeastern province of Bangladesh. It is 9.4 km away from Sreemangal. After reaching at Sreemangal, take CNG to reach that park at Sreemangal-Bhanugach road.
You can reach to Moulvibazar from Dhaka only via bus directly. If you want to travel by train, you need to get off at Sreemangal station. Then you need to take a local bus or CNG to reach Moulvibazar. In case, you would like to fly to Moulvibazar, you have to reach sylhet first, then you can take a direct bus to Moulvibazar.
1. Hanif Paribahan
2. Shyamoli Paribahan
Arambagh Counter, Dhaka. Phone-7102291, 0193626023
Sayedabad Counter, Dhaka. Phone-0171-8075541, 7511019, 7550071
3. Mamun Enterprise
First tip – 7:30am, last tip – 12:30am (bus in every 1 hour)
Sayadabad -01718438732, Jonopath mor-0191777061,
You will find the above bus operators from Malibag Rail-gate, Razarbag or Sayedabad bus stand. These services are available from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm.
There are four train services from Dhaka to Sylhet. You can ride on these trains and get off at Sreemangal Station to head to Moulvibazar. They are Joyontika, Parabat and Upoban depart at morning, noon and evening. There is a new train named Kalini depart at afternoon from Dhaka. It takes 7-8 hours to reach sylhet. The ticket price to Sreemangal is around 225 for shovon-chair & it gets up to 512 taka for 1st class AC.
Moulvibazar has several good quality hotels in the town. There are some resorts too. Sreemangal, the nearby Upazila also has number of 5 star resorts around it. The list of hotels in Moulvibazar are given below:
1. Hotel Sonargaon
Address: Sreemangal Road, Moulvibazar Sadar
2. Parjatan Rest House
Address: Kusumbagh, Moulvibazar Sadar
3. Sheraton Plaza
Address: Kusumbagh, Moulvibazar Sadar
4. Hotel Helal
Address: Saifur Rahman Road, Moulvibazar.
5. Grand Sultan Tea Resort and Golf
Address: Radhanagar, Sreemangal, Moulvibazar
6. Hotel Rezia
Contact no: 01716-086463
It is the biggest rain forest in Bangladesh. A number of species are living in this forest.
1. You can enjoy variety of species in the Lawachhara National Park. There are 460 species, among them 167 species are plants, amphibian species 4, 6 of them are reptile species, 246 bird species which are majority and rest are 20 mammal species.
2. For an extensive adventure, you can always go for a big year (Bird safari) for the 246 species of birds.
Best Time to Visit 01-Nov to 31-March to enjoy the best of this vast rain forest.
Natore Children Park is located at the Rajshahi-Bogra Highway, just opposite of Shankar Gobinda Chowdhury Stadium in Natore Sadar Upazila. This park consists of lot of elements. There is a big lake and a bridge over it. The big portion of the park is structured as children’s playground with several manual rides. And the small portion has animals made with clay for children attraction.
This park was established in the year 2003 by Advocate Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu, the then Deputy Minister of Land. The main reason behind building the park is to gather the general people of the locality for entertainment in various occasions. Also, because of not having available children playground, this was built to enhance their childhood, although people of all ages gather here every day.
Throughout the park, there are lots of seating arrangements. Usually every afternoon, people come here with their friends and family members to enjoy their leisure time. Also in any occasions, this park is being decorated for enlarging the tourist attraction.)  => Array ( [name] => Natore DC Park [post_id] => 18274 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/natore-dc-park/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Natore-DC-Park3-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
Natore DC Park is located near Natore Children Park in the Rajshahi-Bogra Highway, inaugurated in 1st January 2006. The inaugurator of this aesthetic concept was Mr. Mohammad Ilias Hossain, the Collector, District Magistrate and District Commissioner of Natore. The main intention behind building this park was to beautify and redecorate the District Commissioner’s Office, but it has been a tourist attraction these days. Apart from that attractive park, there is a lake and fountain yard in between the park and main road. This lake was inaugurated in 16th September, 2013 by Mr. Zafar Ullah, The Deputy Commissioner of Natore District.
Each day, many of the inhabitants come to this lovely environment to enjoy their leisure time with family and friends in the yard. The Antarctic natural air frost may amaze you by bringing tranquility into your mind.)  => Array ( [name] => Bhawal National Park [post_id] => 2937 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/bhawal-national-park/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Bhawal-national-Park-300x2001-300x200.jpg [post_content] => Bhawal National Park was established and maintained as a National Park in 1974. It was officially declared in 1982 under the Wildlife Act of 1974. The core area of the park covers 940 hectares but extends to 5,022 ha of surrounding forest. Its purpose is to protect important habitats as well as to provide opportunities for recreation. The area was noted for peacocks, tiger, leopard, Black Panther, elephant, clouded leopard and samba deer. The park has 220 plant species, including 43 different tree species, 19 shrubs, 3 palms, 27 grasses, 24 vines, and 104 herbs. The wildlife in the park includes 13 mammals, 9 reptiles, 5 birds and 5 amphibians. In addition the Forest Department has recently introduced peacocks, deers, pythons, and catfish. )  => Array ( [name] => Bangabandhu Jamuna Eco Park [post_id] => 3113 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/bangabandhu-jamuna-eco-park/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Bangabandhu-Jamuna-Eco-Park-13-300x201.jpg [post_content] =>
The Bangabandhu Jamuna Eco Park in Sirajganj, which could become a lucrative spot pulling in local and foreign tourists, has been in a sorry state for years. The park, about 125 kilometres north-west of Dhaka, has over 50 varieties of timber, fruit and medicinal trees and a zoo, but fails to draw many tourists due to a lack of necessary facilities and publicity, said visitors and officials concerned.
The 600-acre park on the western end of Jamuna bridge at Soydabad in the district was opened to public in 2008, but the authorities have not taken any initiatives to attract tourists. During a recent visit, this correspondent found the park in a state of neglect, with only a handful of visitors. The park has a small zoo with only four cages that accommodate only two sick porcupines and a few monkeys and hares.
Seven spotted deer were released into the park when it was opened, and their numbers redoubled in five years. But the animals have been suffering due to a severe shortage of drinking water, with no ponds dug in the forest, sources said. Ibrahim Khalil, in-charge of the park’s wildlife and c, said there were two peacocks in the park, but they were shifted to Dhaka after they fell sick a few months ago. “Visitors, especially children, love to see animals and birds. Therefore, more of these creatures could be brought to the zoo,” Khalil said, adding the government could earn huge revenues from the park if it was taken care of.
Source: Mirza Shakil, The Daily Star, Tangail Published: Saturday, August 3, 2013) )
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